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Title: Gloucester angry bahstad fishermen 6870 USB 2226 UTC 11 Jul 2019
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on July 11, 2019, 2228 UTC
2226 The usual routine, although it's been a whole two minutes without any F bombs.
2229 There we go.
Title: Re: Gloucester angry bahstad fishermen 6870 USB 2226 UTC 11 Jul 2019
Post by: R4002 on July 12, 2019, 1225 UTC
Maybe this is better suited for the Peskies forum?   ;D

IIRC, 6870 kHz USB is a new frequency for them.  I know they've hung around 6095 kHz USB, 6212 kHz USB and a couple frequencies in the 6900 kHz to 7000 kHz range. 

I have a feeling there's several different fishing fleets involved, perhaps each of them have their own set of "private" frequencies programmed in their radios?  On my recent trip to New England I did stop and spend an afternoon in Gloucester.  I noted that not only do all the fishing vessels have multiple VHF and HF antennas, but many of the fisheries buildings and facilities on the waterfront had VHF (and MF/HF) antennas on their roofs as well. 
Title: Re: Gloucester angry bahstad fishermen 6870 USB 2226 UTC 11 Jul 2019
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on July 12, 2019, 1237 UTC
I was thinking of Peskies as non EE outbanders, but sure, I am open to moving it.

I've heard these guys on quite a few 6.x MHz frequencies, they may be elsewhere. Often enough that I recognize their voices. They like to sit inside the 49m SWBC band during the daytime when there's no one else there except CFRX and the occasional Link-11.
Title: Re: Gloucester angry bahstad fishermen 6870 USB 2226 UTC 11 Jul 2019
Post by: R4002 on July 12, 2019, 1806 UTC
The use of 6090 kHz and other frequencies within the 49 meter broadcast band during the daytime almost points to them using NVIS as their propagation mode of choice...that, or they're even closer to each other than NVIS range.  Hard to say for sure.  Since they're certainly pescadores in the literal sense, and they operate out of the legal marine band (some of the time) they probably belong in the peskies forum. 

The owners/captains of these boats likely had their radios programmed with several different frequencies that can be picked "on the fly" (channelized or programmed into the radio's memory) depending on time of day, interference and who they want (or don't want) listening in on their conversation.  While 6212 kHz is one of the ITU standard HF marine channels, the other frequencies they've been heard on are out of band (either in 49 meters or in the fixed/mobile allocation that is 43 meters / 6765-7000 kHz).

Considering the sheer number of Spanish and Portuguese language chatter I've heard on the higher frequencies - that is, from roughly 7300 kHz or 7400 kHz up through 8 MHz into the bottom and middle portion of 9 MHz, I'm surprised these guys aren't using those frequencies as well.   If they are within NVIS range of each other, they probably have a lower frequency (I imagine somewhere in the 3-5 MHz range) for use when 6 MHz isn't playing nicely.